Archive | March, 2012

Corkboard Redesign

21 Mar

I picked up a very boring cork board at a thrift store for a few bucks, and after having it sit in my office forever, I finally decided it was time for a makeover!

Boring corkboard: Before

Corkboard: After

After a coat of primer and two coats of paint, the frame was done! Then I found some amazing fabric at one of my favorite fabric stores, Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver.

I decided to have it match this corner shelf unit that I (ahem, I mean, my husband) repainted last summer in marigold and light yellow. I use it to store all my finished bibs and I LOVE the pop of color it gives to my work space!I am so happy with how it all turned out and how easy it was – now I’m on the hunt for another corkboard so I can make one for my kitchen! I forgot to take pictures of how I did it, but it’s easy to explain! I took the cork board apart (there were about a million tiny screws holding it together in the back!). Then I primed and painted the frame. Once that was dry, I cut a piece of fabric about 1″ longer and 1″ taller than the cork board. I used a regular stapler to staple the fabric around the cork board, upholstery style. You could also probably use a hot glue gun. Then I reassmbled everything!

Happy crafting!



Giveaway! Hip Violet Birdie Baby Bib

18 Mar

Contest is CLOSED! Congratulations to Lisa!


Up for grabs is one of my bestselling bibs! This birdie bib has funky multi-colored shapes in the background, and appliqued on top in brown thread is a little polka dot birdie. Little Birdie has a brown fleece wing and beak, and a tiny black button eye.

All of my bibs are oversize (approx. 11 x 13) to actually COVER your baby’s clothes. And easy care too – machine wash and dry! For more info on my bibs, visit my Etsy shop: Hip Violet Bib FAQ

ImageThis bib is a “second” – it has a tiny knot of fabric on the upper left. Under the knot the fabric is white instead of green. It’s so tiny it’s hard to notice!

To enter to win, post a comment and tell me if you ate anything GREEN on St. Patrick’s Day! One entry per person, please! BUT If you want an extra entry, simply share this post on your FB page and let me know you did in a separate comment. You can also Tweet this post for ANOTHER entry! Winner will be drawn at random on Monday evening, March 19.

Fabric Flower Clips

4 Mar

Finally! Something for the kids AND adults at Hip Violet! I always have tons and tons of fabric scraps sitting around (anyone who has been in my work room can’t miss the 3 big bins and 2 smaller bins o’ scraps!). I especially have a lot of little oblong pieces that make the neck holes for my bibs. I found this fun project that works perfectly with the size of my scraps AND gives me a great excuse to use up some of my fun vintage buttons I’ve been collecting too!

These fabric flowers have a nice strong hair clip on the back. So you can wear them in your hair…

Or pin them on your shirt or jacket. You could also clip them onto your handbag, diaper bag, belt or sweater. These will be offered at the Sugar Plum Bazaar next weekend – March 10th and 11th at the Parkside Mansion in Denver. Come and visit me and marmalade creations – we’ll be in the “Green Room” on the 2nd floor and will have TONS of fun clips to choose from for just $15 each! Hopefully they will also be available soon at Hip Violet on Etsy!

Extra special thanks to Gretchen Moore from Gretchen Moore Photography and Vibrant Vintage – she takes the most fabulous photos! If you are in the Denver, CO area and looking for a great photographer and/or some fabulous repurposed furniture, she’s your girl!

See you there!

p.s. feeling crafty and want to make your own? Here is a fabric flower tutorial where I got the basic idea!